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TTUTA calls off march

CPO improves wage offer

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) has called off its planned march in San Fernando today.

TTUTA had intensified protest action last month, calling on teachers to "rest and reflect" and march through the streets in protest of the Chief Personnel Officer's refusal to budge on her proposal of an eight per cent wage increase for teachers.

On Saturday, members of the TTUTA general council met and made the decision to call off today's march after CPO Stephanie Lewis improved on her proposal towards the wage settlement for teachers on Friday.

In a telephone interview yesterday, TTUTA general secretary Peter Wilson said: "Certainly the sides are coming closer together. After the meeting on Friday, which was a very long meeting because it went for about nine hours, she (CPO Lewis) did make a new proposal which we took to our general council meeting on Saturday.

"The general council looked at the proposal and mandated the negotiating team to continue discussions with the CPO to in fact try and reach some settlement."

Wilson said there will be a special meeting with the CPO on Tuesday with the hope of coming closer to settlement on the wage issue that has been on the table for more than three years.

"It is as a result of that we have in fact called off our march that was scheduled for Monday (today) in San Fernando. The general council thought in good faith we should call off that march," Wilson said.

He added that the proposal made by the CPO on Friday was indeed an improvement from the previous proposal and closer to what TTUTA had proposed at the previous meeting.

"We would hope that after that session on Tuesday we will be closer to settlement, although the issues that are to be worked out are not minor ones," he said.

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